Monthly Archives: September 2007

You can’t beat reality

I had a blast writing an article for one of my very favorite science magazines, New Scientist, about the future of virtual worlds. It was the third part in a series that focused mostly on SecondLife — I broke the …

Back to school with 5 of the nation’s coolest labs

Popular Science has posted an article online that I wrote for their back-to-school issue about the nation’s five coolest university labs, including ones where you crash cars, create hurricanes, and walk on lava fields. Want to know more about what’s …

I am human, therefore I kill mice

So I killed two mice a few weeks ago, using an old-fashioned mouse trap. Some construction in the basement of my apartment building drove a whole colony of mice up into my walls, and they started running around my apartment, …

Brak — a 6,000 year old antiauthoritarian city?

I was fascinated by a recent article in Science about Brak, a 6,000-year-old Mesopotamian city (now in Syria) whose structure seemed to defy conventional wisdom about how urban spaces evolved. Unlike many early cities, Brak did not start as a …

Neophilia

I’ve been traveling for several weeks, and have finally gotten home and back into the swing of doing things like, say, updating my personal blog. While I was away, I had a chance to go to a conference and meet …